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A bowl of mixed Chicken Caesar Quinoa Salad
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Chicken Caesar Quinoa Salad

This Chicken Caesar Quinoa Salad is light yet refreshing, and is full of flavor and packed with protein. It makes for a perfect lunch or BBQ side dish!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Salad
Keyword: Quinoa Salad Recipe
Servings: 4
Author: Lexi


For the salad:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa roughly 12 ounces
  • 2 cups shredded chicken diced store-bought rotisserie chicken, or chopped grilled chicken
  • 2 cups finely chopped lettuce or kale
  • 1 cup roughly chopped or small croutons
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded fresh parmesan cheese more as desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/3 cup Caesar dressing more to taste

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup mayo homemade or store-bought
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon anchovy paste optional
  • Pine sea salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper


  • Make the Croutons if making them homemade and set aside.
  • Make the Caesar Dressing: Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl or mason jar and whisk together. Taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.
  • Make the Quinoa: see posts for various notes!
  • Chop the chicken, lettuce, scallions, tomatoes, cilantro, and shave the cheese.
  • Assemble all the salad ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon.
  • Toss with dressing. Taste and add more dressing, salt, pepper, and lemon juice as desired!
  • Serve immediately and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


  • For the chicken: you can use shredded, store-bought rotisserie, or chopped grilled chicken. I've made this with all three, and love the flavor the fresh grilled chicken adds!